ENGL 2111/Fall 2020/Schedule/Lesson 6

From Gerald R. Lucas

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October 28 – November 10: Medea
Euripides’s Medea challenges us to consider our institutions’ treatment of others and the potential long-run implications.

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Medea is a challenging play that, while not really fitting the classic definition of tragedy, certainly leaves us with that feeling of waste by the end. While Oedipus the King might be a warning to a progressive generation, Medea attacks the old certainties that maintain an inequitable system of power that privileges rule by the father. In his attack on patriarchy, Euripides pulls no punches, giving the lead to a powerful woman, the play dramatizes disorder as Medea’s rage is refocused from a private vengeance to a very public one. Get ready for a ride.

Lesson Instructions and Explanation

Generally to avoid confusion, I have tried to make all lessons work the same way. Each lesson will have its weekly section presented in a chart. Work your way from left to right. Open links in tabs, so you don’t lose track of this page.


This is the date this sections’s work is due. Complete everything in the row before 11:59:59 pm on this date.


These are the readings for this section. Read them carefully, taking notes as you do. I recommend reading from a book or on paper, as you can highlight an annotate as you progress. This will help you in the next sections.


This section will usually be a reading quiz on what you just read, so be sure to take it while the reading is fresh in your mind. However, it may also include other assignments or activities that must be accomplished.


Most writing will be on the class forum. This section will contain instructions and guidance for completing your writing. Often, this will link to a series of discussion prompts for the text you’re reading. Choose one prompt, or thread, to answer, or create your own post (especially if there are none there you can or want to respond to) by clicking + New Topic. I’m looking for your engagement here, so aim for a single longish post and a shorter response to someone else’s post. Using secondary sources correctly for support will always earn you more points. Be sure you’re following the conventions outlined in Writing in the Liberal Arts and the guidelines in Academic Forum Posts.


The test will be the last activity. It will test your knowledge of the entire lesson’s materials. Take this only after you have accomplished everything else in the lesson. The idea here is that you show me what you learned about the all of the lesson’s material. Please write in complete sentences and give enough detail to answer the questions. Your answers should convince me that you have learned and thought about the materials.

Due Read Do Write Test
Quiz Respond -
  • Watch Medea (Films on Demand) — your response this week should address this production on some way: how did it help to clarify some of the issues in the play?
  • Euripides’ Medea
  • Review the Medea Study Guide
[2] Respond Test


  1. Take 11/03 off and vote!
  2. You may write an optional extra-credit short lit crit response on Medea.
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